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Album Review

Screaming has rarely, if ever, been as artful as it is on Give Blood. The Beantown hardcore merchants' sophomore platter is, simply put, intelligent, and not in the Fugazi/Bad Religion realm of academic snootiness, though you could certainly do worse than the impassioned social critiques presented admirably and less than amiably by Aaron Bedard. The acumen comes from expanding the boundaries of the (self) limited genre without removing its requisite hostility. The gang-chorus vocals recall the rugged, thugged-out mug-pulling of New York hardcore stalwarts, but the rhythm section is damn near jazzy, like Helmet could have been if it didn't lose its direction, and the soundscapes are atypical, atonal blasts of venom right out of the Henry Rollins (when he was still vital) school of hard knocks about the head and shoulders with a large stick; hear the break during "Some Come Running" for corrosive corroboration. Even with the expanded horizons, Bane never falls into a hyper-pretension trap. That's the great thing about this disc: If one comes merely expecting an ass-kicking, Give Blood dutifully provides the boot leather to posterior sans apologies. But scratch the surface and the innovation is just as obvious as the vitriol. ~ Brian O'Neill, Rovi

Customer Reviews


when i first got this album, i appreciatd it, but it didnt touch me like some other music does, untill i started to go thru hard times in my life. being a teenager surrounded by my best friends going thru depression and trying different drugs, an album like this has lyrics sounding like a father telling you that he has your back when your on that night bus on the way home. this is a friendly album, but one of those friends that will back you up thru anything and be there with two extra fists to fight off your demons. thanks bane


Formed: 1995 in Worcester, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in Massachusetts, Bane began as a side project between Aaron Dalbec and members of Converge. After contacting Aaron Bedard, a former drummer in local hardcore punk bands, the group entered the studio in December 1995. After recording a demo, Bane made their live debut in February 1996. The lineup saw the addition of bass player Pete Chilton and released a debut 7" single. In May 1997 Bane released Free to Think, Free to Be, another 7" single. Another guitarist, Zachary Jordan, was added to...
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